The History of Ford in Marlborough


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History of Ford in Marlborough

Marlborough's first Ford dealer, Edward Parker, a general trader, took on the franchise about 1913. 

In 1920. Dix and Sons obtained the franchise and re-located to dedicated motor garage premises. However when they took on Chevrolet in 1927, they lost the Ford franchise which went to the Lucas Brothers. Ed Lucas, and his brother Fred, who had started a service garage based in Seddon in 1919.

In 1929, Lucas Brothers confirmed their commitment to the motorists of Marlborough and constructed a purpose built Dealership in Alfred Street. Blenheim (Which remained for over 60 years)

When Ed Lucas retired in 1958, his son Ted took over the Blenheim business, which he ran for a further 33 years. Ted Lucas remembers the day he made his biggest ever sale, to Montana Wines in 1973. He delivered 26 new Ford Tractors together with a variety of plough's, cultivators, loaders and water tankers. How could he forget a massive sale like that!

In 1998, Colonial Motor Company purchased the Ford Franchise in its existing location on Nelson Street Blenheim and operated till 31 March 2010 when it was sold to respected  local vehicle dealer Paul McKendry  "This will be the start of a new era for Ford in Marlborough" We intend to increase the numbers of vehicles on offer, the size of our servicing department as well as offer Ford Owners a new level of personal attention that they deserve.

Now 11 Years Later,  with a passion about our industry we are determined to challenge the accepted way of doing things, we are extremely proud of our accomplishments and growth. With various achievement awards to back up all are work in all aspects of our business.  

The support and loyalty shown by our customers has been incredible, and the accolades we have been awarded is a testament to the dedication that every one of the Mckendry Ford team has shown. 

Ford has also grown and evolved - The Ranger is still Top Selling Vehicle in New Zealand and the All New Mustang looks awesome and has been very well received by both the motoring press and customers alike.  New Generation Ford Models have all helped with the business growth and creating many more happy Ford customers.

We always have a great selection of new and used Ford Cars and Utes in stock. We are knowledgeable in all things Ford, and promise full guidance plus a friendly and welcoming service to all our customers.

You will always find us knowledgeable, approachable and professional in everything we do.


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